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BILLY PORTER, WILSON CRUZ AND MORE IN GLAAD’S “VOTE WITH PRIDE” VIDEO SERIES FEATURING CONVERSATIONS WITH LGBTQ ARTISTS AND ADVOCATES TO URGE LGBTQ AND ALLY VOTERS TO THE POLLS
- Last updated: May 24, 2023
GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, is announcing its “Vote with Pride” video series to discuss the critically important issues at stake in the midterm elections, ensure LGBTQ voices are in the national campaign conversation, and urge LGBTQ and ally voters to the polls.
In the final weeks leading to Election Day and as voters are casting ballots in early voting and mail-in voting, GLAAD will release conversations between LGBTQ artists, leaders and advocates across the diverse spectrum of the LGBTQ community.
The series rolls out on GLAAD’s YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels, with each conversation focusing on critically important issues of the midterm elections for LGBTQ and ally voters, including marriage equality, abortion access, healthcare, economic equality, the freedom to read amid efforts to ban LGBTQ-inclusive books, and the freedom to vote. GLAAD’s guide for voters and campaign reporters includes research on candidates in key states and voting deadline information: /vote
The series kicks off today with out actor, activist and producer Wilson Cruz in conversation with Voto Latino’s President and CEO Maria Teresa Kumar about the power of the LGBTQ and Latine vote.
Wilson Cruz: Are we reaching everyone we need to in order to exercise that power right now?
Maria Teresa Kumar: Young Latinos have so much power and agency within their families, because oftentimes they are the ones translating cultural norms. We need to make sure they are emboldened and recognize that power. I call it innate leadership. I do not have to convince a young person that LGBTQ issues are important, or convince them about a woman’s right to choose, that we’re in a climate crisis. I need them to connect the dots and vote for leadership that will change their lives. 68% of Latinos believe abortion is a private issue and not the government’s business – that’s including men in ruby red states; if you talk to young people it’s closer to 80-90%, just to Latina women, it’s 75%. Why? Latinas are often breadwinners. They’re the ones who have to make these tough decisions: do I expand my family? Do I drop out of school or do I pursue my career? You should be exercising your power because they see your power.”
See the full video with Wilson Cruz and Maria Teresa Kumar here: https://youtu.be/wTa0nBHfVt4
Upcoming conversations include actor and director Billy Porter and Rashad Robinson from Color of Change, GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis with Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Alexis McGill Johnson; Family Equality’s new CEO Stacey Stephenson; former Mayor of Houston and current President and CEO of The LGBTQ Victory Fund, Annise Parker, on the record number of out LGBTQ candidates and in elected office, and honorees from GLAAD’s 20 Under 20 Class of 2022 – LGBTQ youth who are working to increase visibility, safety and success for youth across America- a conversation featured on Teen Vogue’s platforms as well.
- 9 million LGBTQ adults are registered to vote.
- 22% of registered LGBTQ voters are Latino.
- A GLAAD poll of Florida LGBTQ and ally voters shows their top issues include restoring abortion access (47%), gun safety reform (31%), inflation (22%), housing costs (22%) and LGBTQ equality (19%). Florida governor’s race in 2018 was decided by 32,463 votes out of 8+ million votes cast. LGBTQ and ally voters are positioned to be decisive in Florida this year.
- VIDEO of Florida LGBTQ families and teachers discussing the issues and additional resources are available for download here.
- Research shows LGBTQ voters provided the winning edge for pro-equality candidates and control of the U.S. Senate in the 2020 election.
- LGBTQ voters are expected to be 14% of the eligible voting population by 2030, according to a recent analysis of population data.
About Voto Latino:
Voto Latino is a grassroots political organization focused on educating and empowering a new generation of Latinx voters, as well as creating a more robust and inclusive democracy. Through innovative digital campaigns, culturally relevant programs and authentic voices, we shepherd the Latinx community towards full realization of its political power. In our 18-year history, we’ve been at the forefront of political, cultural, digital trends for organizing and activating Latinxs.
About GLAAD: GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love. For more information, please visit www.glaad.org or connect with GLAAD on Facebook and Twitter.
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